Technical Innovations Pro Dome - 10' Observatory - Door in Base Ring
Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome Observatory
The Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome (PDl0) is normally a stand-alone dome, mounted onto a concrete pad or even a wooden deck. The PD10 can accommodate most Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes up to 16" and Newtonians (on German Equatorials) up to 16" diameter. Large yoke-mounted Newtonians may require a larger dome or an off-center telescope mount. Image how you could put "space" to use in a Pro Dome of your own!
Built to the same high standard of all TI domes, the PDl0 has a 5' high dome made of two pairs of "quadrants" bolted together along internal flanges. The dome sits on a 12" high base ring that incorporates the ball bearing rollers for dome rotation. A reverse flange at the top of the base ring covers the roller area and keeps the dome safe from wind. The shutter opening is a generous 36" wide, extending up to zenith and 16" beyond. Two shutters open by sliding up and over the dome, then nest together outside the rear cover. As in all Technical Innovations observatories, two integral, automatic latches lock the shutter together for security when closed.
The Pro Dome 10' observatory includes these added features: a molded semi-door section to allow full height entrance; additional rollers; and soffit to meet the most extreme wind/snow conditions; and a key operated, custom dead-bolt lock for security. Wall height of the PDl0 can be increased by adding matching 12" high wall rings, each with a molded door section. Because no part of the PD10 weighs more than about 45 lb, it is easy to assemble without use of cranes, even on top of high structures. As with our other dome designs, the PDl0 must be mounted on a foundation or other solid support structure. Assembly time required: two people, two days.
Two shutters move up-and-over on the Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open. This patented design makes the full shutter opening available to the astronomer (and assists in sky orientation for students). The dome turns easily on hard rubber, ball-bearing rollers mounted on the base ring. You can add motors to rotate the dome and move the shutters, and even operate the dome remotely. By stacking modular wall rings, walls of any height can be assembled to match your telescope and pier height. Three wall rings maximizes the usable space inside the observatory as you have nearly 6 feet clearance right against the wall. It offers a full height entrance door (using the slot opening as part of the doorway) allowing access without duck-under doors or high walls.
The Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory use bolt-together construction. Assembly requires alignment of parts, measuring and drilling bolt holes, and use of common hand and power tools. Larger holes, for rollers and latches, are cut and finished at the factory. Typically, domes are assembled in place by two or three persons, without cranes or special equipment. The PD10 ten foot diameter domes are installed at homes, schools, colleges, museums and research sites. Observers place them on concrete pads, wooden towers, decks, rooftops, and on custom structures.
Weather protection on the Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate. Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins. A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation. Nearly 1,500 of Technical Innovation domes are now in use by amateur and professional astronomers around the world, with the PD10 being the single most popular model.
Technical Innovations 10' Pro Dome Observatory Features
- A reverse flange at the top of the base ring covers the roller area and keeps the dome safe from wind.
- Temperature control is provided by a brilliant white exterior gel coat that normally keeps inside temperature within a few degrees of the shade temperature, so no cool-down period is required before your observing session begins.
- The shutter opening is a generous 36" wide, extending up to zenith and 16" beyond.
- By stacking modular wall rings, walls of any height can be assembled to match your telescope and pier height.
- Two shutters move up-and-over on the Technical Innovations Pro Dome 10' observatory, automatically disengaging during opening to nest together at the rear of the dome when open.
- A dark blue interior helps preserve dark adaptation.
- It offers a full height entrance door (using the slot opening as part of the doorway) allowing access without duck-under doors or high walls.
- Two integral, automatic latches lock the shutter together for security when closed.
- Weather protection is assured by overlapping flanges and baffling, not seals that will wear out or deteriorate.
- Three wall rings maximize the usable space inside the observatory as you have nearly 6 feet clearance right against the wall.
Customer Note: The PD10 (with 1-3 wall rings) crate is 90 inches long by 84 inches wide by 50 inches high and weighs about 1,000 pounds. Because Technical Innovations Observatories are a highly specialized product that will be shipped directly from the manufacturer, it would be next to impossible for us to give you even a rough estimate of shipping costs for both domestic and international orders via our on-line calculator. For that reason, we've included special information on both packaging and shipping. If you decide to purchase an observatory, you will be given full shipping and packing charges at the time of your purchase - or you may feel free to email our professional sales staff at any time for further estimates. OPT has also put together several telescope, computer controlled mount and imaging packages to accompany your Technical Innovations Observatory. Thank you!
THIS IS A CUSTOM ORDER PRODUCT, ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER PURCHASE!
|Dome Shutter Design||Two Piece Nesting Shutter|
|Dome Wall Thickness (")||3/16" minimum|
|Dome/Roof Movement||Manual with Electronic Optional|
|Exterior Surface Treatment||White Gel Coat|
|Height of Riser or Wall||12"|
|Height of Shutter Opening||16" past zenith|
|Interior Color||Dark Blue|
|Max Interior Height||6'|
|Number of Shutter Rollers||31|
|Number of Shutters||2|
|Required Closing Force||25 lb.|
|Required Opening Force||20 lb.|
|Required Turning Force||15 lb.|
|Riser Ring or Wall Included||Yes|
|Roof Type||Hemispherical Dome|
|Shutter Operation Method||Manual with Electronic Optional|
|Snow Load (psf)||40 lb.|
|Width of Shutter Opening||36"|
|Wind Load (mph)||110|
I just felt pen had to go on paper today to tell you both I just could not believe that in 3 days, by myself, my PD10 (with 2 extra walls is fully assembled and functional in my garden. Let me itemize my delights.... The PD10 duly arrived at my door in a large wooden crate - indeed a Pandora's Box, but no ills within! It was protected outside and the various parts inside were extremely well padded. Unlike many [instruction] manuals that lay people have to read and digest and then discover hardly any of it makes sense......yours did! Every page was easy to understand, (plain English as we say here in England and I was able to follow and carry out the assembly without worry. The quality of the PD10 parts was superb. No jagged edges in this kit! (and I have dealt with fibreglass canoes for years, so I know what smooth edges should look and feel like.
I think of you often and wanted to say that things are going great with my PD-10 and DDW. I have saved so much time over the past year or so and find that my image taking is much better since being on a pier instead of the tripod. The equipment not only works reliably, it also looks really cool at the end of my driveway. My neightbors even think it is interesting and they often come over to look at it if they see me out during the day. Your ad with my picture in it was a great way for me to show people how popular this hobby has become.
It's been a few months since we finished it, but you can finally see our ProDome 10 atop our school's science building. We couldn't be happier with the result. The motors turn the dome smoothly, though I have yet to wire the electric shutter. Check out our Sewickley Academy web site.
My observatory consists of a Technical Innovations PD-10 dome mounted on three wall rings. The observatory houses a 10-inch RC and 4-inch Televue refractor mounted on a Paramount ME, with a pair of SBIG STL-11000M cameras. The observatory is also outfitted with Digital Dome Works, the observatory automation system sold by Technical Innovations. An in-dome computer is controlled by a laptop in my home. The observatory is connected to my house via an Ethernet cable directly into a wireless router, so I have the benefit of a high speed link to the observatory and the ability to control the observatory computer from my laptop operating wirelessly. As a result of the DDW automation package, I'm able to operate my observatory by remote control from the comfort of my living room. This enables me to perform complex tasks by remote control, such as a 100+ star alignment running unattended for three hours under Automapper II, or taking multi-hour CCD exposures. Digital Dome Works is extremely robust and reliable, and works perfectly with the Paramount ME. I also enjoy occasional visual astronomy, and find the PD-10 to be very comfortable for myself joined by several guests.
I'm glad to share some pictures of my 10' ProDome, which by the way is 10 years old this year! The HomeDome without a doubt has contributed more to my enjoyment of astronomy than any other equipment I own.
I am including copies of some pictures I’ve taken of my Technical Innovations 10 ft diameter Home Pro Dome. It is part of personal observatory that is 22 feet long by 14 feet wide, which was constructed at my home in Krakow Missouri. The observatory includes an office on one side and a telescope room on the other side. The rooms are separated by a wall with a picture window and a door. During the design of the observatory I considered the slide off roof that many home observatories have but I was concerned with obstructing the horizon with the roof and the increased space required to support it during observation times. The Pro Dome solved these concerns for me so my observatory was designed around the 10 foot diameter Pro Dome foot print. The builder who built the observatory also installed the Pro Dome and there were some operating problems at the beginning but your phone assistance along with the details in your construction manual helped us to iron out all the bugs. The unit has worked superbly and as advertised for two years now. My ultimate goal is to control the telescope and perform astrophotography in the office section of the observatory however, most observations at this time are performed at the telescope in the ambient air. Under these conditions, the dome stabilizes the night air, limits fogging of the telescope, reduces moisture absorption of catalogs and is easy to operate. And on cold nights the dome helps keep the observers protected from the wind. I realized how much I enjoyed the Pro Dome when I had to send my 12” SCT telescope, which is the scope under the dome, back to Meade for repair. Since I didn’t want to remove the mount, I did all my observations during the time of repair, with my 10” SCT outside the observatory. Every night I chose to observe the heavens, I had to build the scope, level it, do my observations and tear it back down. All my charts would get wet from dew and once I had to tear down quickly due to a fast moving thunder storm. The Pro Dome is just so convenient and I am so happy that I have one. My fellow amateur astronomers envy my observatory and the Pro Dome that houses my telescope.